Surrey Art Gallery Exhibitions

Visitors exploring a Surrey Art Gallery Exhibition.

Look at what's on exhibit now, and take a peek at what's coming soon, including at outreach venues such as Surrey Urban Screen. Then, explore our past exhibitions.

Exhibitions in the Surrey Art Gallery are drawn from and respond to predominant activity in the contemporary art community. They bring into critical context works by diverse artists with shared concerns or respond to specific issues within culture or the surrounding community.

In an effort to provide our visitors with as much detail as possible, exhibition listings may include additional information, such as printable PDFs, short videos, and links to exhibition-related events.

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Opening April 12

Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru

April 12 to June 15, 2014
Opening Reception: April 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Talk with Exhibiting Artist Ali Kazimi: April 12, 6:30pm

The Komagata Maru was a Japanese steamship that sailed to Vancouver in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, India. Only 20 passengers were allowed to land, and the ship was forced to return to India. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode, this exhibition brings together for the first time a cross-section of visual art related to this history, and presents it alongside art that addresses more recent histories of mass migration from Asia to Canada’s West Coast. Ten artists contribute works — in a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, 3D film, and installation art — that explore fact and fiction, history’s relationship to memory, and mass media’s affects on personal experience, through narratives of transpacific mass migration.

Participating artists are Roy Arden, Avantika Bawa, Ali Kazimi, Evan Lee, Ken Lum, Mass Arrival, Raghavendra Rao, Haris Sheikh, Jarnail Singh, and Paul Wong.

Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of City of Surrey, Vancouver Foundation, Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and BC Arts Council.

Ruptures in Arrival is presented in partnership with Komagata Maru 1914 – 2014, a collaboration between eight organizations across Metro Vancouver to showcase the living legacies of the Komagata Maru episode.

Current Exhibitions

Art by Surrey Secondary School Students

 February 15 to April 27, 2014 

Apaar Chahal, Beauty of the Tusk, graphite. Courtesy of the artist.

See new works by students from the Surrey School District’ssecondary schools (encompassing Surrey and White Rock), accompanied by artists’ statements and teacher lesson plans.

Developed with the Surrey School District and the Surrey Art Teachers Association. Presented as part of the annual Fine Arts Festival des Beaux-Arts, an event organized by the School District to recognize arts programming in Surrey schools.

Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom

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Matt Smith: BogScape

February 21 to December 14, 2014

Surrey-based Matt Smith creates a ‘naturalistic’ sound installation based on data gathering systems, such as traffic counters, located in or near Burns Bog. This artwork, BogScape, invites the listener to reconsider the limits of landscape, and the relationship between information and nature. This is the first of three exhibitions within the Open Sound 2014 program, which examines the relationship between vegetation and sound.

Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice.



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How do Surrey's youth see their community?

The REMIXX.sur.RE exhibit uses

  • 700 digital photos,
  • 60 digital video and animation clips,
  • text in 5 languages, and
  • 260 audio clips,

created by Surrey youth. Its software engine produces hundreds of thousands of compositions from this database. These "remixes" are interactive, generated live-on the fly by the movement of visitors in the gallery.

REMIXX.sur.RE personalizes every visitor's visual and audio experience. The result is an extraordinary expression of diverse youth visions of the people and places of Surrey. It is an example of youth's engagement with technology, and shows how technology is affecting perceptions of the world.

REMIXX was youth led and youth driven, supported by a team of mentors. Over 100 youth from all of Surrey's communities contributed digital content to the project. Over the summer, the Gallery's TechLab became a hub of computers, conversation, emails, animating and coding, as the youth worked as artists in residence.

Learn more about REMIXX.sur.RE.

Robert Davidson: Supernatural Eye

November 28, 2013 into March 2015

Robert Davidson's Supernatural Eye

Inspired by the many supernatural beings that dwell in Haida Gwaii, this large-scale aluminum sculpture’s graceful contours and bold colour combine the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic. The sculpture was commissioned by Polygon Homes, and is on exhibit at the Gallery until its permanent home is ready.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Change: Ismaili Artists of BC

May 3 to August 9

The communications revolution and digital media have brought people of diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds togetehr to co-exist, sometimes under difficult circumstances. BC- member artists of Ismaili Artists Canada show the humanistic approach of Islam, and share their experineces through a range of works including paintings, drawings, and ceramics.

Seen From Here: Recent Acquisitions

June 28 to August 30
Opening Reception: June 27, 7-9pm

Featuring recently acquired works by artists who have called the South of the Fraser region home. Organized into groupings about people, places, and abstraction this exhibition is an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. Artists include Walter Dexter, Enn Erisalu, Robert Genn, Elizabeth Hollick, Brian Howell, Davida Kidd, Don Li-Leger, Robert Michener, Arnold Mikelson, Ann Nelson, and Fred Owen.

ARTS 2014

June 28 to August 30
Opening Reception: June 27, 7-9pm

Popular with visitors for the variety of images, styles, and media, this juried exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Surrey celebrates established and emerging visual artists from Surrey and the surrounding region. Through painting, glasswork, sculpture, photography, and fibre arts, some artworks portray traditional imagery while others are contemporary and experimental.

Are you interested in exhibiting your work in ARTS 2014? See the call for entries.